Thursday, October 12, 2017

From Farm to You: A Study in Food Law

Our very own director, Susan Schneider, was quoted in the October 2017 issue of Washington Lawyer, The article looks at the surge in law schools with offerings in food law and policy.

'Food law is a rapidly developing area of specialized law, and there's a real need for lawyers with food law expertise,' says Susan A. Schnider, the Wiliam H. Enfield Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law and director of the school's LL.M. Prgram in Agricultural and Food Law. 'There is also a demand from students for classes and programs in this area.'
The article notes that the LL.M. program started 30 years ago and, at the time, was an outlier.  Of course, we prefer to think of it as "brilliant thought-leader." It goes on to briefly highlight the development of the program, including the addition of the law school's Journal of Food Law & Policy, the nation's first student-edited specialized food law and policy journal, and the program's remarkable outreach efforts: the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, and the Food Recovery Project.

It also features a classroom action shot. Take a look at the article. If your class is in the picture, tweet this block post using the hashtag #AgLawLLMSuperStar. And, be sure to tag us @agfoodlaw


Susan Burns

Happy LL.M. Candidate

Monday, October 9, 2017

Anne Ross joins Careers in Agricultural & Food Law Speaker Series

Anne Ross joins Careers in Agricultural and Food Law

Speaker Series


The LL.M. Alumni Speaker Series is a forum for anyone interested in learning more about careers in Agricultural & Food Law. Current LL.M. Candidates, JD Candidates, Attorneys and Prospective students are encouraged to join us in person or by live stream. Contact us at llm@uark.edu for the live stream and check out our upcoming list of speakers.




Anne Ross, Farm and Food Policy Analyst, LL.M. Alumni
Anne Ross, an alumna of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law, currently works as a Policy Analyst with The Cornucopia Institute. The Cornucopia Institute is an organic industry advocacy organization whose core constituencies are family farmers across the U.S. and consumers concerned about the availability and the quality of organic foods.

At Cornucopia, Anne works on projects that focus on investigating the recent increase of imported organic corn, soybeans, wheat, and other commodities and food ingredients. She evaluates the adequacy of regulatory oversight across international supply chains and also contributes to the analysis on the environmental and health impacts of agri-chemicals. She's stated on their website, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work on agricultural policies that promote access to authentic organic food and that also protect high-integrity farmers.”

During her time spent with the LL.M. program, Anne focused her studies on the federal regulation of pesticides and food labeling. Her final article analyzed the health effects of endocrine disrupting pesticides and inadequacies in the laws governing the use of these pesticides in both the United States and European Union. 

Before pursing her passion in organic policy, Anne worked as a corporate litigator, handling a variety of cases, including ones involving environmental torts and products liability. Anne is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University and a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is an avid runner and outdoors enthusiast.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Journal of Food Law & Policy: Call for Papers on the Farm Bill

The University of Arkansas School of Law is proud to support the JD student-edited publication, the Journal of Food Law & Policy. The LL.M. Program is delighted to assist as needed, and I am privileged to serve as one of the advisors to the Journal.

The Journal of Food Law & Policy has long been recognized as a leader in publishing articles and essays on food law and its impact on society. Since 2005, the Journal has led the nation in recognizing the significance of studying the legal framework of our food system.

Last Spring, the Journal published a special issue, Food Law & Policy in the Trump Era, with far reaching essays from across the country.  The success of this issue has led to another call for papers for the Spring 2018 publication. We pleased to publicize this call for Phillip Treat, Editor in Chief, Journal of Food Law & Policy.


Call for Articles and Essays:
The 2018 Farm Bill and Food Policy


The Farm Bill, an omnibus, multi-year law provides the framework for many aspects of our food system, including farm subsidies, food assistance programs, and food and agricultural research funding.  The current farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014, expires in 2018.  Congress has already begun the process of crafting a new farm bill.

The Journal of Food Law & Policy invites articles and essays examining the forthcoming 2018 Farm Bill for publication in the Spring 2018 issue of the Journal.  Submissions should provide analysis, propose initiatives, and/or express commentary on the implications of this approaching legislation. Essays (2,500 words or less preferred) or articles (25,000 words or less preferred) are encouraged.

We welcome submissions from academics of all disciplines, as well as practitioners, policymakers, and advocates.  Interested individuals should submit proposals with an abstract of 100 to 250 words and a short biography to foodlaw@uark.edu no later than November 6th.  If selected, final manuscripts will be due on January 26th.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Alumni-Sponsored Graduate Assistantship Campagin a Success

Thank You Donors!


We are thrilled to announce that our recent LL.M. Alumni-Sponsored Graduate Assistantship Campaign was a success! It was so successful in fact, that we far exceeded our initial goal of $6,000.

At the close of the campaign we had raised $10,560.  And, donations continue to arrive. We are incredibly grateful to our Alumni, both for the work they do and for their generosity. The funds raised will be enough to award one well deserving candidate a full years assistantship. Please continue to follow us on social media and check back on our blog. We'll be announcing the recipient of this years Alumni-Sponsored Graduate Assistantship as we near the start of the fall 2018 term.

If you missed the deadline to donate and still wish to contribute, you can do so by visiting us on the online giving site via the School of Law website.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

National Jurist Features Food Law & Arkansas LL.M. Program

We were delighted to be featured in the National Jurist Magazine on LL.M. Specialties. They listed Food Law as the first area, using my quotes on rising interest in food law issues.  Check out the issue, Practice Areas Where an LL.M. is Most Valuable.

Great timing, as we will soon be opening up registration for individual Spring semester courses, with our new Arkansas-in-state tuition rate for distance candidates as a great bargain.

A shout out to our friends at the University of Arkansas Global Campus for their assistance in placing an ad in the National Jurist issue.







Wednesday, September 27, 2017

1 Day to Raise $1K!

1 Day to raise $1k!

                                                            
With just one day left we are only $1,065 shy of reaching our stretch goal of $10,000 in support of our new Alumni Sponsored Graduate Assistantship. Meeting this goal means one deserving candidate will receive funding for a full years Graduate Assistantship.

A special thank you to all of our Alums who have made this project a success by donating funds and helping us spread the word. Your support has truly made a difference! Next week we'll share the official results of our campaign so be sure to continue to follow us on social media.

On this last day of our campaign, please encourage your former classmates and fellow Alumni to consider donating now. You can share our project with your family and friends via email, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please share this project link: https://fundrazor.uark.edu/llm.


As always, like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for announcements and updates and check out the video with LL.M. Alumnus Kaeling Bowling to see how these Assistantships enhance the careers of our future agriculture & food attorneys, and the clients they serve.
Thank you!

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law

Urban Agriculture

Class in Session

This week marks the kickoff of a new class, Urban Agriculture Law & Policy, taught by LL.M. alumna, Affiliated Professor Nicole Civita and attended by both on-and-off campus students. Each one brings a unique perspective and different end goal. For example:
  • Katie Maschino is a registered dietician and is completing her Master’s in Science in Community Health Promotion. She has built raised food beds on campus and is interested in using urban agriculture to serve the under-served.
  • Carla Stinnett is a trial lawyer who raises beef, has a booth at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday, and is on the City Council.  She wants to see a community garden built in her home-town of Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

  • Dave Nezzie, from Albuquerque New Mexico, grows corn, squash and melons in his backyard garden. He intends to work on local policy implementation for urban agriculture that serves low income—extreme poverty people.
  • Jamie Dickinson and her husband have a backyard garden and several chickens at their home in Portland Oregon. Jamie wants to expand their backyard operations, although admittedly the chickens have become family pets ... so they may need to add a cash cow to the mix.

Regardless of focus, Urban Agriculture promises to provide an avenue that leads to discovery of a meaningful supplement for food resources in urban environments. In addition to being a sustainability and urban ag guru, Professor Civita is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on law and policy dimensions of food conservation policy ... a deep well of knowledge for students to draw from.  She directs the Program's Food Recovery Project.

If you are looking for experts to help develop your urban agriculture policy, check with us at the end of the semester. We will have a solid bench at your disposal.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Lauren Bernadett joins Careers in Agricultural & Food Law Speaker Series Wednesday, September 27th

Lauren Bernadett joins Careers in Agricultural & Food Law Speaker Series

The LL.M. Alumni Speaker Series is a forum for anyone interested in learning more about careers in Agricultural & Food Law. Current LL.M. Candidates, JD Candidates, Attorneys and Prospective students are encouraged to join us in person or by live stream. Contact us at llm@uark.edu for the live stream and check out our upcoming list of speakers.

 

Lauren Bernadett, Natural Resource Attorney, Briscoe, Ivester, and Bazel
On Wednesday, September 27th, LL.M. Alumna Lauren Bernadett will join us for a discussion on her current role as a Natural Resource Attorney with Briscoe, Ivestar, and Bazel.

Lauren earned her J.D. at the UCLA School of Law and was the 2013 Joyce A. Will Scholar in Environmental Law.  She served as a Managing Editor for the UCLA Law Review and took LL.M. alumnus Michael Roberts' Food Law and Policy seminar.  During law school, Lauren worked as a summer legal intern with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Land Law Section of the California Attorney General's Office in Los Angeles.  Lauren received her B.A. in Sociology cum laude, with high distinction, from UC San Diego.

 Lauren joined the LL.M. Program in the fall of 2013 and served as Graduate Assistant to the LL.M. Program while she was with us, with work that included posts to this blog, preparing the AALA 2013 Food Law Update, and co-authoring a chapter for an ABA book on urban agriculture (with Nicole Civita and Susan Schneider). She completed an independent study under the direction of Professor Allen Olson on the water rights doctrine of equitable apportionment, writing an article on current developments in the U.S. Supreme Court.

After the Program, Lauren was selected as a California Sea Grant Fellow with the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) in Sacramento.  In the spring of 2015, Lauren joined Somach Simmons and Dunn, a Sacramento-based law firm that specializes in environmental, agricultural, and water law issues. While there, her work focused on water resources, water quality, natural resources, and agricultural resources.

In 2017, Lauren joined Briscoe, Ivestar, and Bazel as a Natural Resource Attorney. Her bio is available on their website.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Please Join Us @agfoodlaw

New Twitter Account - Follow Us!


We've started a new Twitter account to promote our LL.M. Program and our alumni. We invite you to follow us @agfoodlaw. We will follow you back and promote your accomplishments.

Your engagement inspires our success.

Follow us now! @agfoodlaw



Saturday, September 23, 2017

If Nutritional Value of Food Decreases ...

Does the value of your LL.M. increase?


If you haven't read the Politico article on "The Great Nutritional Collapse" that is making the rounds, do make time to read it.




Not only is this article making the rounds on multiple online forums and other media outlets, it is also the topic of discussion in many of our LL.M. classes here in Fayetteville—from The Right to Food to Policy to Environment to Food, Farming and Sustainability. This article has it all going on (and its length underscores that point).

It is authored by Helena Bottemiller Evich, a senior food and agriculture reporter for Politico Pro. Its basic premise is that due to increased levels of atmospheric CO2, plants are growing faster. But they are producing lower quality, less nutritious food.

At a minimum, the findings are an invitation for continued exploration on long-term impacts on both our food supply and human health. And, the debate continues: is it better to produce more food, cheaper and faster? Or, is it better to focus on higher nutritional value?

The only certainty is that the complexity of the food & agriculture industry is not decreasing, and neither is the value of an LL.M. degree in Agricultural and Food Law.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Podcast - Farming and Agricultural Law featuring Allen Olson

Conversations with the Academy explores the scholarship and background of some of the nation’s leading legal scholars. This monthly podcast, brought to you by the University of Arkansas School of Law, features wide-ranging interviews with renowned legal academics from all over the country. Co-hosted by School of Law Director of Communications Darinda Sharp and Academic Programs Coordinator Collin Hesse.
Conversations with the Academy is available via iTunes or Soundcloud.


Allen Olson, an agricultural attorney and visiting professor in the University of Arkansas School of Law LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law, discusses his practice and teaching. He is an alumnus of the law school’s LL.M. Program who represents farmers, ranchers and related businesses in Georgia and nationwide. He was on campus in February of 2017 to teach a four-day intensive course titled "Representing Farmers: Farm Programs, Crop Insurance and a Few Other Things You Need to Know." | 14:04 minutes; published September 21, 2017
Episode 9: Farming and Agricultural Law featuring Allen Olson

Thursday, September 21, 2017

7 days left to fund our Alumni-Sponsored Graduate Assistantship!

                                   
Thanks to the generosity of our donors we have met our initial goal of $6,000! Your thoughtful gifts have made it possible for the LL.M. program to offer a deserving student a semester without the worry of the typical financial burdens. A semester that a student can spend dedicated to their passion!
 
Together, we can fund the assistantship for a full academic year. Help us stretch our goal to meet the $10,000 mark and increase our impact. We are so close! Your support truly makes a difference.
 

If you haven't done so already, encourage your former classmates and fellow Alumni to consider donating within the next 7 days. You can share our project with your family and friends via email, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please share this project link: https://fundrazor.uark.edu/llm.

 
Like and follow on Facebook and Twitter for announcements and updates and check out the video with LL.M. Alumna Lauren Manning to see how these Assistantships enhance the careers of our future agriculture & food attorneys, and the clients they serve.

Amy Cornell named Vice President, Bose Public Affairs Group

Amy Cornell named Vice President, Bose Public Affairs Group


We are pleased to share the news that LL.M. Alumna Amy Cornell was just named as Vice President of Bose Public Affairs Group. A copy of the press announcement is included below. Congratulations Amy!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2017

CONTACT
Rachel Sorvig, APR Public Relations Director
(O) 317-684-5299 (E) rsorvig@bosepublicaffairs.com


Bose Public Affairs Group Promotes Amy Cornell to Vice President


INDIANAPOLIS – Bose Public Affairs Group LLC is pleased to announce Amy Cornell has been promoted to vice president at the government relations and strategic communications firm. With an extensive background in agribusiness, Cornell will lead and assist clients with the agricultural, rural
development and related business sectors, focusing on policy and state and local government
relations.

“Few people in Indiana have the policy experience, knowledge and relationships that Amy has earned
and created throughout her career,” said Doug Brown, managing principal at Bose Public Affairs
Group. “Amy is a true professional focused on her clients’ success and we look forward to her
continued growth in this new role.”

Since joining Bose Public Affairs Group in 2016, Cornell has represented critical players in
Indiana’s farming industry, such as Indiana Pork. As a member of the government relations team,
Cornell has also worked with the Indiana Economic Development Association assisting Indiana’s rural communities with land use planning, policy and infrastructure.

“Amy is an incredible asset to our firm and a champion for the state’s agribusiness sector,” said
Trevor Vance, principal and managing director of government relations at Bose Public Affairs Group.
Cornell also serves as president of the Agribusiness Council of Indiana, a coalition of 250
Midwestern grain, feed, fertilizer and ag chemical companies. In her role as president, she leads
the strategic activities and planning of the association. She also directs the Emerging
Professionals Leadership Program, a one-year program that provides resources on the most critical
agriculture issues as well as introduces participants to key industry and policy leaders.

In addition to her public affairs practice, Cornell is of counsel in the Agribusiness Group of Bose
McKinney & Evans LLP. She is a 2017 recipient of the Indiana Lawyer Up and Coming Lawyer Award and graduate of the Indiana Leadership Forum. Cornell was also recently selected by her peers to serve on Government Affairs Society of Indiana board, an organization dedicated to promoting the highest degree of professional and ethical conduct with government entities.

Cornell teaches agricultural law at her alma maters, Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Purdue
University. She holds a LL.M. in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas School of Law and
is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association. Prior to joining Bose Public Affairs
Group, Cornell served as policy advisor and counsel for Indiana Farm Bureau.


Bose Public Affairs Group is a full service public affairs and strategic communications firm with
offices in Indianapolis, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind. and Washington, D.C. The veteran team of
professionals at Bose Public Affairs Group excels at affecting the decisions made at every level of
the public sector and across a wide spectrum of private industry through its services in local,
state and federal government relations, strategic communications and strategic business services.
Bose Public Affairs Group is an active member of The Advocacy Group (TAG). For more information,
visit www.bosepublicaffairs.com

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jason Foscolo joins LL.M. Speaker Series "Careers in Agricultural & Food Law"

Jason Foscolo joins LL.M. Speaker Series "Careers in Agricultural & Food Law

Join us on Wednesday, September 20th at 11:00 a.m. CST as Alumnus Jason Foscolo discusses his work as the founder and principle attorney at The Food Law Firm.


The Food Law Firm is a New York-based law firm serving farming and food entrepreneurs across the nation.

As Jason explains on his website -
I launched this firm in 2011 with the single goal of delivering general practice, commercial law services to food businesses. 
It is easy for me to point out to my clients the special regulations that apply to their food businesses. I go one step further than that. Over the years I’ve been in practice, I’ve developed an acute awareness for how the constellation of food laws and regulations can affect the ordinary commercial transactions that fill the business day. I add value for my clients by mitigating risks, both regulatory and commercial, and this is what makes me distinctive.
I admire my clients. From farmers to manufacturers, they are sharp and courageous. From shippers to importers, they are innovative and disruptive. It is a privilege to help them make their businesses better. 
I am a former Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps (separated in 2010 at the rank of Captain) and I’m currently serving as a Major in the New York Air National Guard. I’ve got three kiddos and an indefatigable wife, and you can usually find us eating things across our home range, the Hudson Valley of New York.
Food Law Firm clients include specialty pork producer Mosefund Mangalitsa, the gastro-job resource Good Food Jobs, trade associations like the American Mangalitsa Breeders Association and the American Cheese Society, and the highly-respected non-profit foundation, The Farmer-Veteran Coalition.

Jason writes the Food Law Blog with many followers and tweets at @FoodLawAttorney. He is an outspoken supporter of our Program and often mentions us favorably in the press, as evidenced in an excerpt from an interview with Gastronomes.
I had the extraordinary opportunity to pursue an advanced degree in Agriculture and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law . . . the  program gave me a comprehensive understanding of the network of special laws that regulate almost every transaction in our food system.
Jason will join us by video-conference from his offices in New York. Join us in room 254 or catch the live stream by contacting us at llm@uark.edu.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Paying it Forward - LL.M. Alumni Give Back

                  

We are 63% towards our goal with 14 days left!

Thanks again for your support of the LL.M. Alumni-Sponsored Graduate Assistantship!

Want to see how you’re making a difference? Check out this video testimonial from LL.M. alumna
KC Tucker as she discusses how her time in the program changed the trajectory of her professional life. Assistantships provide critical financial support while enhancing a candidate’s professional portfolio and advancing the good work being done in Agricultural & Food Law today.

We’re making great progress, but aren’t there yet. Please help spread the word about this important project to your colleagues and classmates. Send a quick email. Share this video on social media. Be sure to provide our project link (
https://fundrazor.uark.edu/LLM) and share how the LL.M. program has made a difference in your life, too! Remember, gifts of all sizes join together to help us reach our goal, and contributions can made anonymously.

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

How Our National Pastime United Students and Alums


For five years, Jose Ernesto Colon Villafañe, dreamed of attending the LL.M. program. This year, his dream became a reality. Through persistence and a series of fortunate events, including receipt of the Benjamin Franklin Lever Fellowship, he traveled to Fayetteville from San Juan, Puerto Rico—notebook in hand, and ready to learn.

Jose Ernesto enjoys being part of the LL.M. program and also enjoys his internship with The Law Group of Northwest Arkansas, LLP. The Law Group includes three LLM program alums: K.C. Dupps Tucker, Katie Willoughby and Kristy Boehler. Experiencing the practical application of agricultural law is one perk of working with the firm. Another is baseball tickets.

Courtesy of The Law Group, Jose Ernesto treated LL.M. colleagues Andrei Trapizonian and Susan Burns to a Northwest Naturals game at the Arvest Stadium.  Attending a baseball game was a first for Andrei, a native of Kyiv, Ukraine. For Susan, from Minneapolis (home of the Minnesota Twins), it was an opportunity to explain the rules of the game—a rare opportunity given that her understanding doesn’t extend much past the basics.



They all enjoyed the great view close to home plate, and they decided that a commonality between agriculture and baseball is the pace of crop growth and the pace of the game. The Naturals lost, but it was a welcomed opportunity to enjoy a beautiful evening far away from studies …

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Introducing Susan Burns, Graduate Assistant to the LL.M. Program

Susan Burns appointed LL.M. Program Graduate Assistant


Susan Burns, LL.M. Graduate Assistant

We are pleased to announce that on-campus LL.M. Candidate Susan Burns will be serving as the 2017-2018 LL.M. Program Graduate Assistant.  Susan hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is the founder and President of Susan Burns LLC. Her work focuses on representing small businesses from start-up through global development. She is also the founder and CEO of Small Business Legal School Ltd.  She is a leader within the ABA International Law Section, co-chairing the Mexico Committee. Her food and agricultural interests include providing support to organic agriculture.

Susan received her J.D. from Hamline School of Law where she served as Associate Editor of the Hamline Law Review. She received her B.A., from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, majoring in German.

In her role as Graduate Assistant, Susan will be working directly with Program Director Susan Schneider on marketing, alumni relations, and recruiting as well as providing advanced legal analysis on agricultural and food law topics.  She will be blogging here, keeping everyone up to date on Program and alumni activities. Watch for her first post tomorrow.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Professor Ewelukwa Publishes Chapter in New International Food Law Book

Professor Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile's chapter, Food Law and Policy in Africa: Emerging Legal Framework, Key Issues, Major Gaps and Challenges was published in a text book, International Food Law and Policy, eds. Gabriela Steier, Gabriela, Kiran Patel, Kiran.

This unique textbook considers food law & policy issues throughout the world, providing an interdisciplinary focus and bringing together experts from many countries.

We are fortunate to have Professor Ewelukwa, an internationally recognized professor and scholar, teaching in our LL.M. Program. She teaches two courses in the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law that she created, Right to Food and Business, Human Rights & Corporate Social Responsibility.




Professor Ewelukwa is an active member of the American Bar Association Section on International Law (ABA-SIL) and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Committee on Investment & Development, the Vice-Chair of the International Intellectual Property Rights Committee, as well as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility of the association.

Professor Ewelukwa is also an active member of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Interest Group and the Co-Chair of the Africa Interest Group of ASIL. Professor Ewelukwa is the Secretary General of the African Society of International Law.

Professor Ewelukwa's scholarship focuses particularly on international investment law and arbitration, business and human rights, China-Africa trade and investment relations, as well as the intersection of intellectual property law and human rights. Professor Ewelukwa’s articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, Michigan Journal of International Law, Minnesota Journal of International Law, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, University of Miami Law Review, Transnational Dispute Management, among others.

Professor Ewelukwa is on the Advisory Board of the African Journal of Legal Studies, is on the Editorial Board of Law Digest, Africa’s Premier Law Journal, and is part of the Editorial Team of the Africa International Legal Awareness Blog. For four years (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014) she has served as the Editor of The Year In Review for the International Investment & Development Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. She has also served as the Editor of The Year In Review for the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility of the American Bar Association Section of International Law.

Professor Ewelukwa has received numerous awards and fellowships in recognition of her work. Past awards include: Outstanding 2014 Year-in-Review (YIR) Award from the American Bar Association Section of International Law (for the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee’s Year in Review that she edited and co-authored), the 2009 Human Rights Essay Award from the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and a fellowship award from the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs.

Professor Ewelukwa holds the following academic degrees:   LL.B. (Nigeria); LL.M. (London); LL.M. (Harvard); S.J.D. (Harvard).

Kelly Damewood to join Careers in Agricultural & Food Law Speaker Series

Kelly Damewood, Director of Policy & Government Affairs, California Certified Organic Farmers
On Wednesday, September 13th, LL.M. alumna Kelly Damewood will join our LL.M. Speaker Series "Careers in Agricultural & Food Law" to discuss her path from LL.M. Candidate to Director of Policy & Government Affairs at California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).

Kelly attended the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law during the 2013-14 academic year. During her Candidacy she served as the 2013-14 Marler Clark Graduate Assistant, writing and publishing news articles on food safety issues for the online publication Food Safety News with worldwide distribution.

Kelly received her J.D. from Vermont Law School, magna cum laude. During law school she served as a Staff Editor to the Vermont Law Review.  She earned her General Practice Program Certificate which is awarded after completing a program of classes that teach substantive law through simulations and mock transactions.

Kelly earned her B.A. from the University of Portland (English, Philosophy minor). Before attending law school she founded and operated a certified organic farm in Oregon. She is licensed to practice law in Oregon.

Following the LL.M. Program, Kelly joined CCOF as its Policy Director.  In this role, she leads CCOF’s policy staff and organizes member engagement on issues related to the National Organic Program (NOP), National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the Farm Bill, and other aspects of agricultural policy. During her presentation, Kelly will talk about organic regulation and challenges to maintaining integrity within the organic system, as well as discussing her work at CCOF.

Email us at llm@uark.edu for streaming options and check back for news on future speakers. Our speaker series takes place weekly on Wednesday's from 11-11:50 am CST.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Disasters, Resilience, and the Importance of the Law


Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our friends and alumni who have experienced, and who are now experiencing, the tremendous challenges of the hurricanes and the fires. The Texas cattle ranchers dealing with flooded pastures and lost livestock and the thousands of acres of ranch land and forests burning in the west are examples of the devastation. While the American spirit is resilient, no industry is more vulnerable to natural disaster than agriculture. And, agriculture is the core of our food system.

In the face of these challenges, I am heartened that we have dedicated agricultural and food law alumni throughout the U.S. and the world that are helping to keep our food system stable and strong, sometimes one client at a time. For example, our alumnus, Ben Thomas is Director of Agriculture in Montana. I know that he will do everything humanly possible to assist farmers dealing with fire damage in his state. Alumna Anne Hazlett was recently appointed Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development. Anne will advocate fiercely for rural America, particularly when challenges are presented. Our alumni in private practice will represent their clients with disaster assistance, insurance claims, debt restructuring, supply chain disruption, food safety concerns and a host of other legal issues that arise from natural disasters. 

These are challenging times, and we are all moved by the tremendous needs that so many experience. Donate to the relief funds, volunteer if you are able, and be grateful for your good fortune if you are not affected. But, in the end, also remember that the work we do in agricultural and food law is the framework that underlies our entire food system. Please donate even a small sum to our campaign and give us a signal that you agree - the work we do is really important.

https://fundrazor.uark.edu/llm.

A very sincere "thank you" to those of you that have donated.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Campaign Update: $3525 needed to reach our goal!

LL.M. Alumni-Sponsored Graduate Assistant Campaign


We're getting there! Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, we have already raised nearly $2,500 toward our goal of $6,000! How does your support make a difference? Check out this video featuring 2017 LL.M. candidate Kelly Nuckolls as she describes her experience serving as a graduate assistant. Kelly's assistantship under the supervision of Dean Stacy Leeds focused on building a toolkit for native American farmers and ranchers, as well as the attorneys who assist them. This is just one example of projects undertaken by our GA's. Help us continue this important work by sharing on social media and encouraging your friends, family and fellow graduates to make a gift to the LL.M. Alumni-Sponsored Graduate Assistantship Campaign!

In addition to supporting our project financially, please help us even further by sharing our project with your family and friends via email, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please share this project link: https://fundrazor.uark.edu/llm.

Like and follow on Facebook and Twitter for announcements and updates!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Chancellor Issues Statement in Support of DACA Students

Chancellor Joseph E. Steinmetz of the University of Arkansas released the following statement Friday, Sept. 1, regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which was created in 2012 to support college-going students:

"In light of current conversations, the University of Arkansas believes strongly that the state of Arkansas and the greater national and global societies are strengthened by educated men and women. This is consistent with something I supported publicly when in December I signed on with more than 600 college and university presidents who favor supporting DACA students. That includes students who were brought to this country as children — through no fault of their own — and who have grown up in our state, attended our public schools and befriended our children, and have made contributions to our campuses, our economy and to our communities. Their attendance doesn't take anything away from any other student — in fact, their presence enriches our community. We urge the continuation of federal and state laws and policies that support their ability to pursue higher education."

— UA Chancellor Joseph E. Steinmetz

LL.M. Alumni Speaker Series explores Careers in Agricultural & Food Law

LL.M. Alumni Speaker Series explores Careers in Agricultural & Food Law

 
LL.M. Candidates, JD Candidates, Attorneys, & Prospective Students are encouraged to join us this fall for a series of presentations by Alumni of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. This is a forum for anyone interested in pursuing a career in Agricultural & Food Law. Join us in person or reach out to us at llm@uark.edu for the live stream.
 

We need your help! Join our LL.M. Alumni-Sponsored GA Campaign

LL.M. Alumni-Sponsored GA Campaign off to a great start!

                                                           
Our Alumni-Sponsored GA Campaign has officially begun, and we're off to a big start thanks to donations from a number of Alumni & Friends of the LL.M. Program. We thank you for your generous support!

We still have a long way to go over the next 28 days. We are 30% toward our goal of $6,000, and we need your help! Please consider a gift to support the next generation of LL.M. Candidates.
Wondering how your dollars can help? Check out some of the bio's from this year's candidates serving as Graduate Assistants. Your dollars will help us bring standout Candidates, like those featured below, to Fayetteville.

If you've already donated, consider challenging others from your class to do the same.

 
In addition to supporting our project financially, please help us even further by sharing our project with your family and friends via email, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please share this project link: https://fundrazor.uark.edu/llm.

Like and follow on Facebook and Twitter for announcements and updates!

This year, we are able to offer 5 Graduate Assistantships to outstanding candidates who applied to join us in Fayetteville. Each Candidate will contribute their time and skills to a project designed to enhance the important work being done in agricultural & food law. Help us continue the tradition by contributing to the Alumni Sponsored Graduate Assistantship Campaign today!

Andrii Trapizonian (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Masters in International Economic Law, Kyiv National Economic University
LL.B., with honors, Economics & Law Institute, Cherkasy National University
Sub-Lieutenant, Department of Military Training

Daria Kotova (Moscow, Russian Federation)
Recipient of the Russia-US Legal Education Foundation (RUSLEF) Fellowship
LL.B., National Research University Higher School of Economics, Faculty of Law
Member of Jessup Moot Court team, winning 1st place at the national rounds, top-20 in international rounds

Erika Dunyak (Cleveland, OH)
J.D., Case Western Reserve University
B.A., German and International Studies, with concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability, University of Dayton
Legal Extern with Sustainable Economies Law Center; Legal Intern and Research Assistant, Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic; Sustainability Fellow with Office of Sustainability, Case Western Reserve University

Jamie Dickinson (Portland, OR)
Packaging & Labeling Specialist, Recreational Marijuana Program, Oregon Liquor Control Commission
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
Staff Editor, Legallity Online Journal
Member, Law of Intellectual Property
B.S., Nutritional Sciences, University of Texas

Mary Susan Burns (Minneapolis, MN)
Attorney, Founder and President, Susan Burns LLC, Minneapolis, MN
Extensive experience in business law and business planning
J.D., Hamline School of Law
Hamline Law Review, Associate Editor
B.A. German, College of St. Benedict

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Join our Campaign!

https://fundrazor.uark.edu/llm

 

Dear LL.M. Alumni & Friends,


As you know, the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law holds a special place within the University of Arkansas School of Law. Since its inception in 1980, the Program has strengthened the national and international reputation of the School of Law, and has shaped some of our most notable Alumni.

To help us continue the tradition of excellence, we are creating a new Alumni Sponsored Graduate Assistantship as a means to recruit the best and brightest to study with us in Fayetteville as part of our on-campus program.

Now more than ever, attorneys with specialized agricultural and food law expertise are needed. Our top recruits tell us that without the financial support included with Graduate Assistantships they would not be able to join the program.

Our program needs your support. This week, we have launched our LL.M. Alumni Sponsored Graduate Assistantship Fundrazor campaign. Please consider making a gift to our campaign by visiting our campaign page at https://fundrazor.uark.edu/llm. Donations in any amount (anonymous or otherwise) are appreciated.

You can help by sharing our campaign on Facebook and Twitter, too! Simply visit our crowdfunding website and click the share buttons under the video.
 

https://fundrazor.uark.edu/llm


Thank you in advance for your support. Please let us know if you have any questions about the campaign or our Assistantship Program!

Sincerely,

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law
University of Arkansas School of Law


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Careers in Agricultural & Food Law Series

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law is pleased to present it's new series of interviews with alumni, Careers in Agricultural & Food Law.  With over 300 alumni working across the country and the world, we have a ready-made list of experts, and we are anxious to talk to as many as we can.

This week, we begin with an alumna from California that stayed here in Northwest Arkansas after she graduated.  Lauren Manning will speak with Susan Schneider for a live class interview on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. CST.

Lauren is an adjunct professor and a partner in Ozark Pasture Beef. She will provide her comments on her LL.M. experience, provide advice for students in the Program and suggest tips for agricultural and food law career building.

University of Arkansas students can attend the event live in room 254 of the law school. The event will also be live streamed, and it will be recorded for later viewing.  To livestream, email to llm@uark.edu for the link.

Friday, August 25, 2017

LL.M. Alumna Teena Gunter


We are delighted to report that our alumna, Teena Gunter of Oklahoma City has been selected as the president-elect for the National Board of Directors for the University of Arkansas Alumni Association. Teena serves as the general counsel for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry and has been with the department for 20 years. She also serves as the director for the Agricultural Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program for the agency and is the director of the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Program.  She received her J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law and her LL.M. in Agricultural Law from us as well.

Our thanks to Teena for the many ways that she gives back to the University of Arkansas.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

What can you do with an LL.M. in Agricultural & Food Law?

U of A JD's and current LL.M. Candidates are encouraged to join us on Wednesday, August 30th as LL.M. Alumna Lauren Manning (2016) discusses her career as an Attorney, Journalist, Professor & Farmer.

Check back for future guests as part of our Alumni Speaker Series each Wednesday from 11-11:50 a.m. CST.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcome Class of 2018

LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law
2017-2018 Enrolled LL.M. Degree Candidates

 

 This fall, we welcome six new on-campus students, six new distance students, and nine returning distance students for a total of twenty-one LL.M. degree candidates taking classes with us this academic year.  In addition, we have a number of candidates who have completed their coursework and who will be actively working with us to finish their final article requirement for graduation in December. As was the case last year we anticipate the addition of some non-degree distance students enrolling in our Spring courses for transfer or CLE credit.

Our on-campus candidates come from Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Russia and Ukraine. Our distance students will be studying with us from their homes and offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Since we began the distance program in 2013, we have gradually increased the number of distance candidates enrolled each year (2, 6, 9, 12, 15), and we expect that trend to continue. Beginning Fall 2017, the University of Arkansas will allow our Program to enroll distance students at in-state tuition rates, an advantage afforded to all other distance programs on campus. This is expected to result in much greater demand for our courses going forward. We see quality distance education with the associated technologies as serving a growing role in education, and we are pleased to be at the forefront of that trend in law.

On-Campus LL.M. Candidates

Andrii Trapizonian (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Masters in International Economic Law, Kyiv National Economic University
LL.B., with honors, Economics & Law Institute, Cherkasy National University
Sub-Lieutenant, Department of Military Training

Daria Kotova (Moscow, Russian Federation)
Recipient of the Russia-US Legal Education Foundation (RUSLEF) Fellowship
LL.B., National Research University Higher School of Economics, Faculty of Law
Member of Jessup Moot Court team, winning 1st place at the national rounds, top-20 in international rounds

Erika Dunyak (Cleveland, OH)
J.D., Case Western Reserve University
B.A., German and International Studies, with concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability, University of Dayton
Legal Extern with Sustainable Economies Law Center; Legal Intern and Research Assistant, Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic; Sustainability Fellow with Office of Sustainability, Case Western Reserve University

Jamie Dickinson (Portland, OR)
Packaging & Labeling Specialist, Recreational Marijuana Program, Oregon Liquor Control Commission
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
Staff Editor, Legallity Online Journal
Member, Law of Intellectual Property
B.S., Nutritional Sciences, University of Texas

Mary Susan Burns (Minneapolis, MN)
Attorney, Founder and President, Susan Burns LLC, Minneapolis, MN
Extensive experience in business law and business planning
J.D., Hamline School of Law
Hamline Law Review, Associate Editor
B.A. German, College of St. Benedict

Jose Ernesto Colon Villafene (San Juan, PR)
Recipient of the University of Arkansas Graduate School Benjamin Lever Fellowship
Law Clerk, The Law Group of Northwest Arkansas, LLP
Master of Business Administration, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras (Graduate Teaching Assistant)
J.D., Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico
B.S., Purdue University


New Distance LL.M. Candidates

Kimberly Bousquet (St. Louis, MO)
Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
Order of the Coif; Certificate in Environmental Law
M.S., Environmental Studies, University of Oregon
B.A., Biology, cum laude, Drury University

Colby Duren (Arlington, VA)
Policy Director and Staff Attorney, Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative
Former Staff Att’y for National Congress of American Indians
J.D., American University Washington College of Law
B.A. Vassar College

Garrett Blake Jackson (Norman, OK)
Staff Attorney, Chickasaw Nation
Former Legal Honors Attorney U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
J.D. University of Oklahoma College of Law
Certificate in Native American Law
American Indian Law Review
B.S., summa cum laude, Agribusiness/Pre-Law, University of Oklahoma
Certificate in Environmental Studies

Carla Stinnett (Sapulpa, OK)
Practicing Attorney & President, Stinnett Law
J.D., with highest honors, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Master of Liberal Arts, Oklahoma State University
B.S. (Agricultural Communications), Oklahoma State University

Amber Suitt (Atlanta, GA)
Project Attorney, Troutman Sanders eMerge Group
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center; Certificate, Refugees & Humanitarian Emergencies
B.A., History, Howard University

Michelle Johnson-Weider (Silver Spring, MD)
Program Analyst, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food & Nutrition Service, USDA
Former Assistant Counsel, U.S. Senate Office of Legislative Counsel (Natural Resources)
J.D., cum laude, Stetson University College of Law
B.A., Anthropology, High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Florida
 
Returning Distance Candidates

Brenda Hall-Busch (Philadelphia, PA)
Special Counsel, Kessler, Topaz, Meltzer & Chek, LLP
J.D, New York Law School
B.A., English, Barnard College, Columbia University

Kelsey Unruh Davis (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Judicial Clerk, Honorable Judge Charles R. Malone, Sixth Circuit, Alabama
J.D., University of Alabama School of Law
B.S. Agribusiness, summa cum laude, Mississippi State University

Katherine Zewas Graham (Minneapolis, MN)
Associate Attorney, Maser, Amundson, Boggio & Hendricks, PA
Law Clerk for the Hon. Judge Larry Stauber,  Minnesota Court of Appeals
J.D., summa cum  laude, William Mitchell College of Law
Executive Editor, William Mitchell Law Review
B.A., American Studies, Magna cum laude, Carleton College

Alexia Kulwiec (Madison, WI)
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Extension, School for Workers
Extensive experience as a labor and employment law attorney
J.D., Chicago Kent College of Law
B.A., Economics, University of Notre Dame

Brian Mathison  (Fort Bliss, Texas)
Mathiason Law Firm (N.Y., Tex., N.M.)
Information Operations Officer, 1AD Combat Aviation Brigade
M.S., Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, University of California, Davis
M.S., Finance, Indiana University Kelley School of Business
J.D., Indiana University School of Law
B.A., English Literature, Indiana University
B.S., Biochemistry, Indiana University

Brandy McAllister (Mabelvale, AR)
Risk Management Services Counsel, Association of Arkansas Counties
Attorney, Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund
J.D., magna cum laude, UALR William Bowen School of Law
B.A. Business Administration & Marketing, Mount Mercy College

Dave Nezzie (Albuquerque, NM)
Congressional Staffer, Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
J.D., The University of New Mexico
Indian Law Certificate
B.A., Anthropology and B.S. American Indian Studies, Arizona State University

Edward Peterson (Warner Robins, Georgia)
Private Practice, Warner Robins, Georgia
Significant prior experience with USDA (including service as Extension Agent, APHIS Quarantine Officer and Information Specialist)
J.D., Capitol University Law School
LL.M., Employment Law, John Marshall Law School
Masters of Plant Protection and Pest Management, University of Georgia
B.S., Biology, Georgia College

Saturday, August 12, 2017

LL.M. Program & the University of Arkansas Condemn Hatred, Violence & White Supremacy

In response to the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and its disturbing calls for white supremacy, it's important to stand up and celebrate the diversity reflected in our LL.M. Program.

Our proud alumni come from all across the United States and 18 foreign countries. They represent every race and almost all religions. We welcomed them all as our students, and we continue to support them as our alumni.

We are proud to quote our Chancellor, Joe Steinmetz who tweeted today "Diversity & inclusion are @Uarkansas values. We value free speech but condemn hatred, violence & white supremacy."


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Alumni News-Teena Gunter selected as participant in Class 31 of the Leadership Oklahoma Program

Leadership Oklahoma Class 31 Announced


On June 23, 2017, the Leadership Oklahoma Board of Directors officially acted to accept the members of Class 31; fifty-one of the state’s most outstanding leaders who will travel the state to learn about the critical issues facing Oklahoma and finding ways to initiate positive change for the benefit of all Oklahomans. Included amongst the selected participants is LL.M. Alumna Teena Gunter (LL.M. 1997). Ms. Gunter currently serves as General Counsel to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, in Oklahoma City.
Congratulations Teena!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New Policy Delivers Tuition Savings to Distance Students

As we prepare for another rewarding year in the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law, it is my distinct pleasure to deliver an announcement regarding a new tuition policy for our distance education track. Our Program has now become even more of a "best value" in legal education.

Tuition Savings For LL.M. Distance Students


The University of Arkansas has adjusted the LL.M. Program tuition rate for our distance candidates, effective Fall 2017. Our program will now be consistent with other units on campus in allowing distance candidates enrolled in online courses to be eligible for the Arkansas resident tuition rate regardless of where the student resides. For out of state students, this essentially cuts their tuition bill in half.

For 2017-18, the Arkansas resident rate for the LL.M. Program will be $595.50 per credit hour. This rate will apply to any distance course taken by a distance candidate, whether synchronous, hybrid, condensed, or completely online.  In order to stay within the new policy, the distance candidate must not take any on-campus classes during the semester unless they are part of a hybrid distance course such as our condensed courses.

Out-of-state students who study on campus will still be charged the out-of-state tuition rate for each of their enrolled courses, although graduate assistantships and fellowships may reduce these costs considerably. Indeed, we are pleased that this year, all of our on-campus students are receiving assistance.

We are proud to deliver the most extensive curriculum in agricultural and food law available, and it now comes at an even more affordable rate. We know that many recent law graduates and practicing attorneys balance family obligations, prior school loans, and other financial demands. We are very pleased to be able to deliver this good news.

The new tuition rate also applies to non-degree candidates who attend via distance, taking one or more of our courses for law school credit or CLE credit.

If you have questions about the LL.M. Program or its costs, visit our website and contact us at LLM@uark.edu or call (479) 575-3706.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Calling all Alums from 2000-2010!

Our Throwback Thursday campaign continues. Check out some of the photos below and post or send in your pictures now!

Pictures can be sent to us at llm@uark.edu.









Friday, July 28, 2017

Throwback Thursday!

Throwback Thursday!

This week we're featuring our alums from the early days of the program. Alumni from the 80's & 90's-this means you! Share your pics here or send them to us at llm@uark.edu or by mail: School of Law, LL.M. Program, 1045 W. Maple Fayetteville, AR 72701
Next week we'll jump ahead to the 2000's.

Special recognition to our Program Founders, Jake Looney, Don Pederson, and Neil Hamilton.